April 28, 2010

My Neighbourhood

{a small town in a big city: the sharpening truck}

If you have not experienced the sharpening truck before, he drives around ringing a bell much like the ice cream man. If you come out to the truck he will sharpen knives, scissors, lawn mower blades, etc. while you wait.

There are some definite signs that the neighbourhood I live in is more like a small town then a big city, for example the sharpening truck. I love that people and services like this have been able to survive which I believe is because I live in a big city. I grew up in a small city and am sad to say that when I go to visit, it has lost most of it's small town charm, all of which has been replaced with big box stores. Am I the only one to notice this? I will be posting more examples of this phenomenon. Save the family owned small businesses.

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree with the above!

    Small cities and towns are being invaded by big box behemoth's, not only closing down small businesses, but killing a sense of community that give many of these small areas their charm.

    In my opinion, Toronto is a big city with a 'small city' feel. I believe this is due to the many neighbourhoods that make up Toronto centre as a whole, and the residents that fight the invasion of big box stores. Perfect example is Leslieville, and their successful fight to ban these stores from opening in their area. Other neighbourhoods (Kensington and Parkdale come to mind!) are also shining examples of this.

    It's not only small businesses (like the travelling knife sharpener mentioned above) that drive these communities, but also the residents that reside in these areas that believe that local small business creates a sense of community, and in turn fosters close relationships and neighbourly love.